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Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway
Musicals

Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway

New York, NY
Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and Sondheim.

About Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway

See worldwide stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe, Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez, and two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff in the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway. Get Merrily We Roll Along tickets on TodayTix.

To have Radcliffe, Groff, and Mendez on the same stage is a once-in-a-lifetime event. With these three beloved stars taking on one of Sondheim’s most unique scores, Merrily We Roll Along, which first went up off Broadway in fall 2022, was one of the buzziest productions of the season, and promises to be the same in fall 2023 on Broadway.

Step into a bygone heyday of the 20th-century entertainment industry, when three friends’ 20-year relationship falls apart as their careers finally come together. See why Merrily We Roll Along has won over countless audiences with a timeless story about growing up, messing up, and the people and dreams we sacrifice in the name of success.

Don’t miss your chance to see this rarely revived gem. Get tickets to this musical for the ages on TodayTix now.

Tell Me More

Merrily We Roll Along is a musical that takes place over the course of 20 years — but in reverse. Audiences meet Frank Shepard (Groff) in the height of his career as a Hollywood movie producer — a far cry from the passionate Broadway composer he once was.

Long gone are his ties to his lyricist collaborator, Charley Kringas (Radcliffe), who just won a Pulitzer for his latest play. And hanging by a thread is his friendship with Mary Flynn (Mendez), another old pal saddened by the fact that Frank sold out on the road to commercial success.

As we go back in time with each scene, it’s revealed that this torn-apart trio was once inseparable before Frank sacrificed his dreams, his integrity, and his friendships for fame.

This revival of Merrily We Roll Along off Broadway is the latest of many productions in New York and beyond. Merrily We Roll Along began as a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Judy Prince, wife of iconic Broadway director/producer Hal Prince, had the idea to turn that show into a musical. With Hal Prince as director, Sondheim teamed up with George Furth, with whom he also wrote Company, to give Merrily the musical treatment in 1981. Its Broadway premiere was short-lived, but the show has only grown in popularity since that production flopped, and Merrily has become a musical theatre classic.

The show has been streamlined multiple times for its revivals, with Sondheim himself even contributing some new songs. The most notable of these was a 1985 production in San Diego and a 1994 Off-Broadway production. The most recent Off-Broadway revival of Merrily We Roll Along was in 2019 with Roundabout Theatre Company and Fiasco Theater, which also produced Sondheim's Into the Woods in 2015.

Daniel Radcliffe's career spans stage and screen — since playing Harry Potter, he's appeared in movies like Kill Your Darlings, Swiss Army Man, and Now You See Me 2, and in popular Broadway shows like The Lifespan of a Fact and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Groff is known for originating the roles of Melchior in Spring Awakening and King George III in Hamilton, earning Tony nominations for both. Lindsay Mendez's Tony-winning role as Carrie Pipperidge in the 2018 Carousel revival is perhaps her most recognizable, but she's also starred in shows like Grease, Wicked, and Godspell on Broadway.

What to Watch For

  • The Merrily We Roll Along plot goes in reverse chronological order, and so does the music. The reprises of certain songs appear before their originals in the show, and one song, "Who Wants to Live in New York?", is a "first draft" of an earlier song, "Good Thing Going."
  • The original Broadway production featured a cast made up entirely of emerging young performers. They included a young Jason Alexander, Tonya Pinkins, and Lonny Price!
  • Merrily We Roll Along has often attracted celebrity cast members: Victor Garber starred in the 1994 production, Lin-Manuel in a 2012 NYC concert, and Wayne Brady in a 2016 Beverly Hills production, to name just a few.
  • Merrily We Roll Along joins Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company, and Assassins in the ranks of recent Sondheim musical revivals in New York.
  • Merrily We Roll Along is getting the film treatment, but we'll have to wait a while. The film, starring Paul Mescal, Beanie Feldstein, and Ben Platt, is being filmed in real time over the course of 20 years.
Start date

September 19th, 2023

End date

January 21st, 2024

Genre

Musicals, Broadway

Venue

Hudson Theatre

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